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(Salicylic Acid)

  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Shampoo
  • Patch
  • Plaster
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These medications are comparable to Salex (Salicylic Acid) or used for similar purposes.

Salex
(Salicylic Acid)

Keralac
(Urea)

Treats skin disorders. Salex (Salicylic Acid) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children or people with kidney or liver problems.Treats skin disorders. Keralac (Urea) treats a variety of skin conditions, but shouldn’t be used by children.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Salex (Salicylic Acid) is a topical medication that breaks up excessive keratin in skin disorders, including verrucae, keratosis, and psoriasis.Keralac (Urea) softens thickened areas of the skin by gently loosening the horny layer of skin and causing scaly skin to shed.
Type of medication
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Keratolytic emmolientPrescription or OTC
Keratolytic emmolientPrescription or OTC
Available as
Salicylic acidUrea
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Gel
  • Liquid
  • Shampoo
  • Patch
  • Plaster
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Foam
  • Topical
  • Pads
Used for (click to learn more)
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    Risk factors for serious side effects
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    • Children 18 years or younger
    • Children recovering from viral infections
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      Pregnancy category
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      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      • People with kidney or liver damage need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, fatigue) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • In people who have kidney or liver problems, the area of skin to be treated should be limited and will need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, ringing in the ears, lethargy, fast breathing, diarrhea, and mental disturbances.
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      Salicylic acidUrea
      • Comes as a cream, a lotion, and as a shampoo.
      • Can be used to treat psoriasis on the body, scalp, palms, and soles.
      • Applied to the skin at night and washed off in the morning.
      • Comes as a kit that includes lotion to treat skin dryness casued by Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • Keralac (Urea) is useful for treating hyperkeratotic (thickened) skin conditions such as dry, rough skin, skin cracks and fissures, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, keratoses, and calluses.
      • Side effects normally disappear after you stop using Keralac (Urea).
      Downsides and risks
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      • Children under 12 years of age shouldn't use Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • People with kidney or liver damage need to be monitored closely for signs of salicylate toxicity (nausea, vomiting, dizziness, loss of hearing, fatigue) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • Using Salex (Salicylic Acid) too often or over larger areas of skin than necessary can cause toxic levels.
      • Keralac (Urea) can cause skin stinging, burning, itching, or irritation.
      • Can't be used by children.
      • Pregnant women need to talk with their doctors before using Keralac (Urea).
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Salicylic acidUrea
      • Don't cover the the treated area with tight bandages, fitted clothing, or apply other other ointments on top of it.
      • Applying more than prescribed won't treat your symptoms faster, but it could expose your body to toxic salicylate levels.
      • Don't use oral aspirin and other salicylate medications (like sports injury creams) while using Salex (Salicylic Acid).
      • When pain medications are needed, don't use aspirin. Try using NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen instead.
      • Stop using this product if your skin condition gets worse or if a rash develops.
      • Don't let it get in your eyes, on your lips, or on your nose.
      • Apply Keralac (Urea) to the affected areas of skin twice a day.
      • Rub it in until it's completely absorbed.
      • Wash your hands well each time after applying it.
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